The Hobson Oak is Here!

The Hobson Oak took root before the American Revolution along the banks of the East Branch of
the DuPage River near Hobson & Greene Roads
in now Woodridge, Illinois.

The bur oak supported many diverse life forms within and above and below ground. Its majestic presence shaded bison, deer and cows; created a playground for Native American and farm kids; comforted travelers; exudes strength, patience and hope; and inspires
deep personal connections.

The Hobson Oak legacy continues!

Loaves & Fishes and the Naperville Parks Foundation have partnered to celebrate the majestic Hobson Oak that stood for nearly 250 years. The legendary bur oak is a beloved piece of Naperville and DuPage County history, with roots tracing back to before the American Revolution. There were many milestone photos taken with it over the years and when the oak needed to be removed, a good-bye party was held to recognize its legacy.

The Naperville Parks Foundation carefully preserved the wood and Loaves & Fishes were grateful recipients of some of the wood. Loaves & Fishes contacted local artisans to create incredible one-of-a kind pieces for Night to End Hunger.

These items are available for auction through the conclusion of Loaves & Fishes Night to End Hunger Gala Saturday, August 25, 2018, presented by Cantera Financial Associates – Thrivent Financial and emceed by ABC7 Chicago Judy Hsu.

Mobile bidding is available at

Proceeds of the Hobson Oak artisan pieces are shared equally between Loaves & Fishes and the Naperville Parks Foundation. Proceeds from the Hobson Oak are shared with the Naperville Parks Foundation and The Morton Arboretum.